CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has announced its Geforce GTX 770 graphics card based on its Kepler GPU architecture.
Nvidia's first Geforce GTX 700 branded card landed last week, with the Geforce GTX 780 set to rank somewhere between the Geforce Titan and the Geforce GTX 680. Now the firm has released the Geforce GTX 770 card, which seems to be positioned as the successor to the Geforce GTX 680.
Specifications of Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 were leaked and widely circulated, and it is now possible to confirm that the leaks were indeed accurate. Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 will have 1,536 cores running at a base clock speed of 1,046MHz that can be boosted to 1,085MHz.
Nvidia will offer 2GB and 4GB versions of the card, with the 256-bit GDDR5 memory clocked at an effective 7,010MHz. Nvidia said that the 4GB option will offer its card partners a way to differentiate their cards, though it is likely that given the fairly obvious power provided by the GPU, those wanting to drive games at the highest resolutions such as 2560x1600 will want to plump for 4GB cards.
Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 2GB graphics card looks to be fairly evenly matched with AMD's Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card, so it will come down to how closely board vendors can price the Geforce GTX 770 to the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, especially taking into account AMD's games bundle.
Perhaps the best news for Geforce GTX 680 owners is that the arrival of the Geforce GTX 770 should result in a price drop on last year's card, making it an option for multi-card SLI setups. µ